Carrier accidentally posts unannounced HTC One A9 press renders

We’ve known for quite some time now that HTC is cooking up a “Hero” phone, which HTC CEO Cher Wang promised to disappointed investors when the company posted dismal earnings earlier this year. That device is said to be known internally as the “Aero.” Leaks have revealed that the device will be unveiled as the “HTC One A9” on the 20th of October. We’ve seen the device’s alleged live photos, and we’ve seen the leaked specs. Now we’ve come across press renders, which was accidentally posted by a network operator.

Orange accidentally leaks HTC One A9 press renders

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The press renders seen above were posted by Orange France. The carrier quickly pulled the renders from its site, but copies of them can be found all over the internet. The renders show the device in various angles, giving us a closer look at the device. The renders also show two colour options – white and black.

As for the HTC One A9’s specs, benchmarks and past leaks have revealed that the smartphone will sport mid-range specs. It is expected to feature a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD). Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit octa-core 1.5 GHz processor and an Adreno 405 GPU to handle graphics, coupled with 2 GB of RAM. Storage options include 16 GB and 32 GB versions. In the photography department, it is expected to feature a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS and the infamous 4-megapixel Ultrpixel camera to take care of snapping selfies and video chat. Although these are mid-range specs, it is said to be clad in metal to offer a more premium look and feel.

As for the version of Android that will run the device, HTC has revealed that its upcoming device to be unveiled on the 20th of October will run the latest version of Android. This said, the One A9 is expected to run Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).

As for pricing, Orange lists the HTC One A9’s price tag at €599.90, which is around £440. We’re finding £440 a bit hard to swallow, as this is far from a mid-range smartphone’s price. This said, we’re wondering how the device will regain lost ground to rivals. On the flip side, the price tag could be a placeholder, which means the One A9 could be cheaper when launched.

The good news, however, is that the device was spotted on Orange France’s website, which means it will not be exclusive to the US or Asia and will be available in Europe.

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